Forked River, NJ
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Forked River is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 5,352 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forked River is the 311th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Forked River is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forked River is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forked River who work in office and administrative support (14.03%), teaching (11.21%), and sales jobs (10.38%).

Because of many things, Forked River is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Forked River a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Forked River has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Forked River’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Forked River is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Forked River is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Forked River, the average commute to work is 35.09 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

In terms of college education, Forked River is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.91% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Forked River in 2010 was $34,855, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,420 for a family of four. However, Forked River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Forked River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forked River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Forked River include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Forked River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.